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MMO Reporter 281 - Hobbits will shape the future

December 27, 2016

 

Chris and Bill take an unexpected journey into the world of MMOs to discuss the news of the creation of Standing Stone Games, the end of Asheron's Call, and the addition of player housing to Elder Scrolls Online.

What we did in game:

Bill:

  • WoW

Chris:

  • WoW
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Titanfall 2

Chat Room:

Aker2007 : I have been playing Final Fantasy XV, WoW, Hearthstone, Pokémon Go, and Heroes of the Storm

 

GumpsGang : In game: big push in DDO (Lv 14 to 24) ... LOTRO Yule ... Fell into a GW2 hole for a week with a new Warrior a couple of weeks ago ... and finally back to ESO for double XP

 

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We’re trying out Podbean:

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News:

LOTRO & DDO moving to new publisher - Standing Stone / Daybreak

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/standing-stone-games-%E2%80%93-message-rob-ciccolini

  • The game teams responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) and Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) are now moving from Turbine to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio.
    • Standing Stone Games, a newly-independent studio staffed by people who have been working on DDO and LOTRO for many years.
      • Quote from Jerry Snook (on the record) - who is moving to Standing Stone Games:

 

  • “Standing Stone Games is independently owned, and has no connection to Turbine or WB.”

 

Asheron’s Call and AC2 are closing Jan 31

ESO to add player housing

http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2016/12/06/introducing-homestead

    • 40 unique homes
    • There’s a new housing experience, quest, starter “room at the inn”
    • Homes styled after playable races
      • There is an Imperial Edition if you bought that DLC/version of the game.
    • Fully furnished on available with crowns
    • Un-furnished available for in-game gold or crowns

 

  • “If you want to purchase most unfurnished homes for gold, the local residents in that zone will ask that you prove yourself worthy to reside among them. No one wants an unhelpful neighbor, after all! By completing a specific achievement, you will earn their approval and unlock the ability to buy the associated home in that zone.”

 

  • Over 2,000 unique decorative items
    • Will have some items locked behind achievements, and some “Luxury” items rotating through vendors.
  • Will be able to place items and NPCs to craft, etc.
    • Includes books
  • Final “tidbits”:
    • Houses are instanced, so you don't have to worry about racing to grab the perfect spot of land
    • Furniture you create via Furniture Crafting can be sold to other players
    • You will be able to preview homes before you purchase, both furnished and unfurnished
    • You will be able to allow friends and guildmates to visit your home; they can travel to your home via the group, friends, or guild lists while you're in it, or by selecting “Visit House" by clicking on your name in those same lists when you're offline
    • You can grant trusted friends permission to decorate existing placed items in your home (they cannot add or remove items from your home)
    • You can also allow those who are not on your friends list or in your guilds to visit and/or decorate your home by adding them as a “Visitor" or “Decorator" in your House Settings
    • You'll be able to conveniently fast travel to your homes via the World Map, similar to how Wayshrines currently work (but cost free), as well as directly via the Collections menu
    • You can allow visitors into your new home – a visiting player simply needs to teleport to you
    • Homes are secure – other players are not able to break into homes and steal items. Sorry, Thieves Guild!
  • More details (including UI elements for decorating) to come in January

Quick Mentions:

Project Genome

Email bellow

  • First closed beta coming soon

Another City of Heroes spritual successor started to watch - Ship of Heroes

https://shipofheroes.com/news/

  • Premise is a city on a ship in space housing heroes

 

Revelations Online - Do YOU, the community, want us to start looking at this game?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMKzYPVYXSo

  • Very similar in aesthetic to Skyforge, TERA, ArcheAge, Black Desert Online
  • Some nice steampunk elements to it.
  • Let us know what you think!

 

What are you playing next week?

Chris:

  • WoW
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Titanfall 2
  • WHO KNOW WHAT I’M GETTING FOR CHRISTMAS?!?! :)

Bill:

  • All the games!  Vacation time!

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Project Genom world will be increased by 10 times

 

 

 

The NeuronHaze team has been out of contact for quite a long time, we have worked hard on our project trying to improve it. And now the leading news of the day: in the first quarter the game world will be increased by 10 times, new quest and dungeons will be waiting for the players.

Already today we can proudly present some new Project Genom content:

  • To begin with, we would like to announce that the works on the Harbinger location are complete. We have updated the details and materials for all shops, passages, transport parkings, warehouses and other ship areas which are now waiting for the players. In the future, some small changes will be made to particular places like adding vending machines and signs, as well as you will be able to participate in the opening of the "Lame Moth" strip club.
  • The most complicated and extensive, the most important and critical part of the work is in progress. Very soon we will have the first closed beta testing of the new network architecture. In addition to increasing the network stability and eliminating lags, the new software part of the project is designed to eradicate all flaws of the old version, from the inconvenience of the radio using to the inability to throw the object out from the inventory. After successful testing, we will move on to the next stage, expanding the game possibilities and adding all the mechanics you can see in the official trailer.
  • Some serious improvements have also been made to the game quests. We've added some new interesting quests and reworked the existing ones. You will have more obvious and logical decisions, meaningful conversations, new unusual tasks, greater interactivity. We've tried to add up as many dynamics in the game as possible and remove useless running between NPCs wherever we could.
  • The most complicated and extensive, the most important and critical part of the work is in progress. Very soon we will have the first closed beta testing of the new network architecture. In addition to increasing the network stability and eliminating lags, the new software part of the project is designed to eradicate all flaws of the old version, from the inconvenience of the radio using to the inability to throw the object out from the inventory. After successful testing, we will move on to the next stage, expanding the game possibilities and adding all the mechanics you can see in the official trailer.

In addition to the interesting competitions, we are glad to inform you that Steam has allowed us to take part in the annual Steam Winter Sale, and you will be able to help Project Genom development buying the game and all addons at a discount of 30%! If you haven't made up your mind, we remind you that the project is in its alpha version. If it's important for you to get a full game and enjoy it to the full, we strongly recommend you to wait until the beta test or the project release not purchasing any early access kits now

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